Original Medicare Articles

Medicare Eligibility If You Are Under 65

As you might know, the Medicare eligibility age is 65, and to be eligible you have to be an American citizen or legal permanent resident of at least five continuous years. However, did you know you might be qualified for Medicare before age 65? This article... Read more

About the Medicare Fee Schedule

If you review your Medicare Summary Notices, you may see that the "Amount Charged" by your Medicare provider may not be the same amount as the "Medicare Approved" charge. This is because Medicare only approves the amount listed in the Medicare fee schedule... Read more

Getting Medicare When You’re Married

You're generally eligible for Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) when you turn 65 or receive disability benefits, whether or not you're married. If you're married and haven't worked in a paying job or didn't work enough quarters, you may still qualify for... Read more

Original Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage, also known as the Medicare Part C program, officially launched in 2003, according the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In 2017, about one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans... Read more

What’s not covered under Medicare Part A and Part B?  

If you're a new Medicare enrollee or about to become eligible, you may have questions about what's included in your benefits—and more importantly, what's not. Here's a look at your coverage under the Medicare program. What do I get with Original... Read more

Pros and Cons of Delaying Medicare Part B Enrollment

Medicare-eligible individuals should be aware of both the potential penalties and lower savings from delaying enrollment in Medicare Part B (medical insurance). Many individuals qualify for premium-free Medicare Part A (hospital insurance), provided that... Read more

The Medicare Part B Premium

Medicare Part B typically comes with a premium. If you’re new to Medicare or becoming eligible soon, you might be wondering how much your Part B premium will be. The amount can vary depending on your situation. Most people who are eligible for Medicare... Read more

Can I Stay in the Hospital Without Paying My Medicare Deductible?

If you are a Medicare beneficiary and you go to the hospital, the hospital cannot refuse to admit or treat you based on lack of payment of your Medicare Part A deductible. In 2018, this amount is $1,340. Additionally, if you seek emergency treatment, you will... Read more

How Medicare Benefits Are Activated

You may qualify to be automatically enrolled for your Medicare benefits at age 65 if you meet certain requirements. For example, if you're receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board retirement benefits before you turn 65, you'll be automatically... Read more

How Much is the Medicare Part A Premium?

Who must pay a Medicare Part A premium every month? Some Medicare beneficiaries do, but most don't. We'll walk through the Part A premium - when it's free, and when it's not. What's Medicare Part A? Medicare Part A is hospital insurance, and along with... Read more




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